Today at WWDC, Apple announced an update to its Apple Watch operating system. WatchOS 2 includes several user interface refinements, as well as new developer tools. New watch faces allow users to select their own photo and set it as their watch face. In addition, animated time lapse scenes of select cities will be available to set as the watch face. Developers can now create their own complications so users can check the status of their cars, flights etc. with just a glance at their wrist. A new nightstand mode allows users to charge their Apple Watch on the side while it displays the current time. If a user sets an alarm, the digital crown and communications button will serve to activate the off and snooze functions. The most important aspect of Apple’s watchOS 2 is the fact that developers can create native apps for Apple Watch. Currently, Apple Watch apps run on iPhone and project a user interface on the Watch. With watchOS 2, developers can create apps that run fully on the Apple Watch. This new capability brings much faster app loading times. Also, developers can now make use of the Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor and digital crown.
The Apple Watch watchOS 2 is available to developers as a beta today and will be available to the public in the fall.